Stockport response to Coronavirus COVID-19

All the latest, information, advice and guidance for Stockport residents and businesses in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 will be posted on this webpage.

Stockport response to Coronavirus COVID-19

1.Stockport - You must stay home
2.Protecting yourself and others
3.Council tax and business rates support
4.Latest on school closures and service disruptions in Stockport
5.Statement from the Leader of Stockport Council
6.Statement from Director of Public Health for Stockport
7.Latest travel information
8.Leisure centres are temporarily closed
9.Museums are closed until further notice
10.Libraries are closed until further notice
11.Recycling centres are closed until further notice
12.Supporting our communities
13.Supporting vulnerable residents
14.Enforcing the PM's message from March 23
15.Further information

Stockport - You must stay home

Following the Government’s announcement tonight of further restrictions across the UK, Stockport Council is urging all residents who are not key workers to isolate your household and stay at home.

From tonight, people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of their household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
  • travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
  • parks will remain open for exercise but all gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned

Anyone who has social events, weddings or other ceremonies at Stockport Council venues affected by tonight’s announcement will be contacted by our Stockport Events team in due course.

You can read the latest government guidance on staying at home and away from others on the website.

Protecting yourself and others

The number of confirmed cases in the UK rises the latest figures can be found here.

You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and on the NHS website.

The latest advice from Public Health England is that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild:

  • stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher). More information can be found here.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following this advice will help protect communities and slow the spread of the virus. You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation and do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Supporting vulnerable residents

The government has announced major new measures, including a helpline for those most in need of support, for those considered to be at highest risk from Coronavirus.

People with underlying health conditions, including some being treated for cancer, will shortly be contacted by the NHS advising them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

We understand this will be an especially worrying time for those with serious underlying health conditions. You can find lots of advice about how to look after yourself on the GOV website

Groceries and medicines will be delivered to those most at risk from the virus who do not have family or friends who can support with these activities. Please be assured that the council is further developing andrefining our plans for this as the government guidance emerges. We are working with other relevant agencies as we do this.

This page will be updated with more details on Monday. More information can be found on the website.

Enforcing the PM's message from March 23

Stockport Council has been given new powers to take any action necessary to close certain businesses or premises who are ignoring the government’s instructions to close. These instructions are part of the Governments measures being implemented to protect the risks to public health and demand on our NHS arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Busninesses instructed to close include restaurants, bars, cinemas and libraries.

The council has already had reports from members of the public that some pubs were continuing to open. We want to reassure residents that enforcement staff are working and these issues will be dealt with.

The Government have also specified some retail and public premises that are permitted to remain open (exceptions) including pharmacies, home and hardware shops, post offices and banks.

See the full list of closure's and exceptions at;

Further businesses and premises to close: guidance - GOV.UK

Businesses they are currently permitted to stay open and those sectors not instructed to close e.g. manufacturing, warehouses, offices and construction are all asked to follow the Government's advice at Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK

If you are aware of any businesses or premises that are still open, contrary to Government instruction, please let us know as soon as possible at

Statement from the Leader of Stockport Council

Last updated on Thursday 26 March 2020

Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson, said: "I understand this is a worrying and difficult time for everyone. We’re working very hard to continue to provide essential services and to ensure our most vulnerable people are supported during the Coronavirus pandemic.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the community response Stockport has shown in the face of this crisis.  

The best way for us now all to do our bit for Stockport is to follow the latest national measures, which is to isolate your household and to please stay at home.
I want to thank all the staff across the council and our partners who are working under extremely difficult circumstances to support our residents day and night."

Statement from the Director of Public Health for Stockport

Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Director of Public Health for Stockport, Jennifer Connolly said: “the most recent advice from Government is that we should all be taking responsibility to limit contact between each other in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (social distancing). This advice applies to everybody but for those who are over 70 years old, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant then these people need to be more careful at following this advice which is to:

  • avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

  • avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

  • work from home, where possible

  • avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

  • avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

  • use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

It remains crucial for everyone to wash their hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online on the NHS website. Please keep up to date with this trusted guidance in addition to following the Council's website and social media accounts."

Council Tax and Business Rates Support

Last updated on Thursday 26 March 2020

The government has announced extra funding for council tax support, business rates support and business loans and grants.

The latest council tax support information can be found here.

We are awaiting further details and guidance from the government. When we have this detail we will provide more information on our website and social media channels about how this can be accessed.

We understand the urgency of this for many of our residents and businesses who have concerns at this time, and will provide further information as soon as we are able to.

The Government have announced that self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus. Find out more on Business Rates page.

Latest on school closures and service disruptions in Stockport

Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Read our message to parents/carers of children across Stockport, from early years, children’s and education service leaders

In light of the latest guidance for everyone to isolate their household and stay at home, we are closing our public reception areas from immediate effect with the exception of our Registrars Service.

Please access services online where possible. Other essential services which cannot be delivered in any other way will still be delivered from buildings this includes services such as food banks and SEND childcare.

On Wednesday 18 March 2020, the government announced that all schools, colleges and early years settings will close to everyone at the end of Friday 20 March 2020. Schools will still be open to:

  • The children of key workers (such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers – a full list will be published here when we receive this from the government)
  • Vulnerable children (those that have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans)

Early years providers, sixth form and further education colleges are expected to do the same. Independent and boarding schools are asked to follow the same approach.

Schools are also expected to provide meals or vouchers for children who are entitled to free school meals.

We are already working with schools across the borough to put in place plans for these changes.

You should hear more detailed information from your child’s school via their usual methods on these matters, but for clarity you can also visit the school closures and disruptions webpage for the latest information that we receive and we will update this page with further information when we have it.

Update on the new bin collection schedule

Statement from Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: "The change in the collection schedule will affect residents but with everyone's co-operation and patience the Council and TLC will be able to maintain a service during this very difficult time. Everyone, I'm sure, will join me in thanking our collection crews and all staff involved in trying to keep the bin wagons rolling!"

Leisure centres are temporarily closed

Following the Government's announcement tonight, all lifeLEISURE facilities are closed until further notice.

For the full details on how this affects customers, please read the statement from life leisure

Museums are closed until further notice

Last updated on Wednesday 18 March 2020

Our museums have been closed from 18 March 2020 due to business resilience needs and lack of visitor demand. Please visit our Disruptions page for more information.

Libraries are closed until further notice

Last updated on Thursday 19 March 2020

In line with guidance from Central Government and Public Health England relating to Social Distancing and the Coronavirus we have taken the difficult decision to close all our Libraries.

Visit our Disruptions page for more information.

Recycling centres are closed until further notice

Last updated on 24 March 2020

The three household recycling centres in Stockport - Adswood Road, Cheadle Hulme; Bredbury Parkway; and Rose Hill, Marple - are now closed with immediate effect. More information can be found on the GMCA website.

Supporting our communities

Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “Stockport has a thriving and vibrant voluntary and community sector.

“It has been heartening to see our communities mobilise and come together to support each other and our most vulnerable in recent days.

“As a Council we want to support this effort, and ensure our communities can respond to emerging needs in a safe and meaningful way.

“We are working closely with partners across the third sector and public services to share resources, experience and skills. We have developed a dedicated web presence to support communities as they self organise. Our neighbourhood teams are also connecting voluntary and community organisations so they can support each. I would encourage anyone wanting more information to visit our communities page.”

Further information

You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates (and should be the first port of call for the public) on the NHS website.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read NHS advice about staying at home.

Health advice is being kept under constant review – see the Government website for the latest information and advice.

You can find guidance for professionals in the transport, education and others sectors.

Look out for local updates on our website and social media channels.

Following the Government announcement on Friday 20 March 2020, a full summary of new measures can be found on Marketing Stockport.